China has set up an alliance of hospitals to promote 5G communication with orthopedic robotics.
Twenty seven hospitals were among the first batch of institutes to become members of the alliance, including hospitals in regions as disparate as central China’s Wuhan and Lhasa of western China’s Tibetan Autonomous Region.
The goal of forming this alliance is to enhance the adoption of robotics coupled with telemedicine, so as to raise the quality of robot-assisted orthopedic surgeries in China, according to Chinese media reports.
According Jiang Xieyuan, president of Beijing Jishuitan Hospital, a topnotch healthcare service provider that also doubles as the nation’s orthopedic medicine center, the hospital has been among the first institutions in the world to conduct research on clinical application of orthopedic robots.
“We are committed to democratize robot-assisted orthopedic operations, and also see as our key mission the use of internet technologies in the area of healthcare,” said Jiang.
Chinese hospitals nationwide have been in a frenzy to utilize surgical robots from home and abroad to relieve the workload of doctors and enhance their efficiency in the course of conducting telesurgeries. Minimally invasive robots also help reduce the pain of patients.
Media reports said an important goal of setting up the alliance of hospitals is to promote equal access to robot-assisted surgeries, especially make them available to remote corners of the country.
Improving quality of orthopedic surgeries at the grassroots level is beneficial to more even distribution of medical resources, said media reports.